Christopher Dorner: The Whole Story Part 1

Born:  June 4, 1979, New York
Mother:  Nancy Ann Dorner
Father: A possible Henry Dorner
Sister:  Natasha
Divorced:  April Carter, no children

Chris Dorner was raised in La Palma, CA.  In his lifetime, he also lived in Cerritos, Pico Rivera, Thousand Oaks, Yorba Linda, Cedar City, Utah, Pensacola, FL, Enid, Ok and Las Vegas, NV.  He attended grade school at Norwalk Christian school in Norwalk, California from grades 1-7.  In Chris’ manifesto he stated he was “the only black kid in each of my elementary school classes from first grade to seventh grade.”  He tells a story in the manifesto of a time at Norwalk Christian when a Dorner 8th gradefellow student, Jim Armstrong (“if I can recall”) called him a ni**er.  Dorner responded with a punch and a kick.  When this incident finally made it to the principal he “swatted” the boy for calling Dorner derogatory names.  But, in turn, the principal also swatted at Dorner for striking the boy in response.  Dorner was angry that he was disciplined for standing up for his rights to be treated equally.  He made a decision that day that he would never tolerate such behavior, racial slurs, etc. again.  He claims he was “swatted” multiple times for the same exact reasons throughout grade school.  Interestingly, reported today on, psychologist Izzy Kalman said the solution is to stop:

“…teaching children…that we are entitled to a life in which no one disrespects us…that our emotional pain is other people’s fault.”

I understand what he is saying.  But I don’t get it.  Seriously?  If someone is continuously beating you down, who is at fault for your emotional pain?  Yourself because you will not “get over it,” “turn the other cheek,” or “let it roll off your shoulders?”  In my opinion, this is the same thinking that continuously blames the victims, not the perpetrators.  At some point, someone needs to be held responsible for their behavior that is causing that emotional pain.  I mean, please.  Am I talking about going out and killing people?  Uh.  No.  But maybe children should be taught accountability before being taught, in essence,  to look at themselves for the reason for their pain rather than the person that is, in essence, inflicting the pain.

Victor Valley News
Victor Valley News

Dorner gradeschoolAfter grade school, Dorner attended high school at John F. Kennedy H.S. in La Palma, CA (in 1994 and 1995) and Cypress High School in Anaheim, CA from 1996 and 1997, where he graduated. It was said that in high school he played football and was part of the Police Explorer League. Some former teammates have come out to discuss Dorner and the high school football coach at Kennedy.  Some say Dorner had had a run in with the coach and was kicked off the team.  Another news headline says Dorner “was forced to transfer schools.”  Was he forced to change schools because of the run in with the coach or for other reasons?  Did he even transfer schools?  I have no idea.

In his manifesto, Dorner again talks about another incident that had occurred at school.  This time in high school.

“Mr. Fried, assistant principal, Cypress HS.  Remember when you lied to my mother and the police officer in your office about stating that you never stated to me in a private conversation that you know the theft suspect (Miranda) stole my watch.  Let me refresh your memory.” – Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto

FB 22He tells the remainder of the story about a P.E. teacher’s assistant, a fellow student, who had stolen a list of combination codes to students’ lockers and then went on to steal property out of those lockers.  Dorner’s watch was among those things stolen.  Dorner says that the principal, a week later, discovered student Paul Miranda was the suspect and goes on to say that the principal told Dorner this information in a private conversation.  When Dorner later went to retrieve his watch from said suspect, campus security was called and the principal reneged on his previous private conversation with Dorner regarding Paul Miranda.  Dorner states:

“…maybe you can confess to your family at the very least in the private of your own home.  After that, contact my mother and apologize for lying to her in 1996.” – Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto

FB 23After high school, Dorner attended California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks for one semester in 1997.  After that, he attended Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Utah.  He played football and was said to be a running back in 1999-2000.  He suffered two concussions from playing football.  One was in high school in October of 1996, the other was in college in October of 1999.

“If possible, I want my brain preserved for science/research to study the effects of severe depression on an individual’s brain…I’ve had two CT scans during my lifetime that are in my medical record at Kaiser Permanente.  Both are from concussions resulting from playing football…these two CT scans should give a good baseline for my brain activity before severe depression begain in late 2008.” – Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto

A teammate of Dorner’s at Southern Utah, James Usera who is now a lawyer in Salem, Oregon, recalled his earlier years with Dorner:

“Usera, who grew up in Alaska, said he and Dorner bonded over the feelings of culture shock that came with being outsiders on the predominantly white, Mormon campus.

Usera said he introduced Dorner to hunting and other outdoor sports.  “He was a typical guy,” he said.  “I liked him an awful lot.  Nothing about him struck me as violent or irrational in any way.  He was opinionated, but always seemed level-headed.

Usera said, “Of all the people I hung out with in college, he is the last guy I would have expected to be in this kind of situation.” –

Watch James Usera interviewed on Anderson Cooper ⇰ AC 360〬

Neil Gardner, an assistant athletic director, who knew Dorner from football stated, “[Dorner] was never a disgruntled guy.”

Dorner eventually went on to graduate from Southern Utah in 2001 with a bachelor’s degree in political science and a minor in psychology.

Byung-Moon Jang
Byung-Moon Jang

In 2002, Dorner joined the Naval Reserve.  He attended the pilot school at Vance Air Force Base in Oklahoma with hopes of becoming a helicopter pilot.  He never completed the flight school.  At the time, as a navy ensign in Enid, Oklahoma, Dorner and Marine student Lt. Andrew Baugher found a bag containing almost $8000 in the middle of the road.  It turned out the bag of money was from  the Korean Church of Grace at 724 W. Randolph in Enid.  The bag had slipped off Byung-Moon Jang’s car as he was driving to the bank.  Dorner and his colleague promptly returned the money to the authorities and were hailed heros in the local newspaper.  On November 5, 2002 the Enid News & Eagle wrote:

“Dorner, a Navy officer, hopes to fly SH-60 helicopters used for search and rescue and in special operations…Dorner said his mother taught him honesty and integrity.’

‘I didn’t work for it, so it’s not mine.  And it was for the church,’ he said.  ‘It’s not so much the integrity, but it was someone else’s money.  I would hope someone would do that for me.'” –

FB 5In 2006, Dorner achieved Lieutenant in the Navy.  Dorner discusses his naval career in his manifesto.  He says his naval career began on April, 2002 and “ends on February 13, 2013.”  Technically, released naval records show Dorner was commissioned July 3, 2002 and honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy Reserve on February 1, 2013, twelve days earlier than he must have anticipated when writing his manifesto.  He claims he had a TS/SCI clearance (Top Secret Sensitive Compartmentalized Information clearance) and goes on FB 7to say that this clearance is the highest clearance a service member can attain (other than the Yankee White TS/SCI for those working around the President.).  Go ahead, Wikipedia this stuff.  You know you want to ⇰ TS/SCI via Wiki.  I can’t verify the information but I can get you there.  Dorner uses multiple acronyms in his manifesto obviously suggestive of his military and police background:

ISR – Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
OSINT – Open-source Intelligence
IMINT – Imagery Intelligence
NIPR – Non-Secure Internet Protocol Router
HUMINT – Human Intelligence
BOR – Board of Review, Board of Rights
LAPPL – Los Angeles Police Protective League
TTP – Techniques, Tactics and Procedures
PPR – Police Practice and Research
ORM – Operational Risk Management
KMA-367 – Seen on license plate frames. KMA-367 was the official FCC call sign for LAPD radio transmitters from 1948 – the 1980’s.
DA Operations – Direct Action.  (Short duration strikes and other small scale offensive operations)
AAF –  Army Air Forces, Anti-Afghanistan Forces, not sure
ACM – Anti-Coalition Militia
AIF’s – Anti-Iraqi Forces, Air Intelligence Force, not sure
CENTCOM – US Central Command, Coalition Central Command
JAM – Jaish al Mahdi (The Mahdi Army)
TAC – Technical Assistance Contract, Tactical Air Command, Tactical (artillary, naval gunfire, and close air support)
RD’s –  Residential Development, Remote Desktop, not sure
AO –  Area of Operations
INT collections –  Intelligence collections
NMITC (Dam Creek) –  Navy and Marine Corps Intelligence Training Center in Virginia Beach, VA
1920 rev BGE –  1920 Revolutionary Brigade, an Iraqi militia
AQAP –  Al Qaida in the Arabian Peninsula
AQIM – Al Qaida In the Islamic Maghreb
AQIZ –  Al Qaida In Iraq – Zarqawi
APC –  Armored Personnel Carrier
JRIC – Joint Regional Intelligence Center
POA – Point Of Aim
POI –  Point Of Impact
DOJ –  Department of Justice
LASD –  Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department
LE –  Law Enforcement
IDOL situation –  Imminent Defense of Life
IOD –  Injured On Duty
KIA/EOW – Killed In Action/End Of Watch
MASINT –  Measurement And Signatures Intelligence
ELINT –  Electronic Intelligence
“STATION 500” –  not sure
AWB –  Assault Weapon Ban
FFL –  Federal Firearms License
NICS – National Instant Criminal Background Check System
DROS –  Dealer’s Record of Sale
CONUS –  Continental United States

He received numerous medals throughout his military career:FB 9
National Defense Service Medal
Iraq Campaign Medal
Global War on Terrorism Service Medal
Sea Service Deployment Medal
Navy Marine Corps Overseas Service Ribbon
Armed Forces Reserve Medal w/ M Device
Rifle Marksman Ribbon
Pistol Expert Medal – US Navy

So here’s my timeline in regards to Chris Dorner’s life 1981 – present:

1981:  Chris Dorner’s mother buys a 2 acre parcel of property in Arrowbear, north of Running Springs.

MOBILE INSHORE2004 – Feb. 28, 2006:  Dorner is a member of Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 105.  Dorner is mentioned in THIS article.

2005:  Chris Dorner attended the LAPD training academy.  At some point, he accidentally discharged his weapon, possibly shooting himself in the hand according to the Los Angeles Times.  Internal disciplinary reports (that I have yet to find, probably because the media will not disclose them or they simply don’t exist) show he was suspended for two days and later returned to finish the academy, graduate and join the force in February, 2006.

Some news sources are reporting an undisclosed officer in Dorner’s academy as saying,

“He [Dorner] thought he knew it all, that rules just kind of didn’t apply to him…He was not a team player.”


“[Dorner]…one of our problem children.”

Where is this guy?  Want to step forward, please?  No?  Was it this guy who took the video of Dorner training at the academy? Probably not.  My guess is no one wants to disclose who they are at this point.  Watch the 2005 footage via News ⇰ HERE

date unknown, 2006:  Dorner reaches Lt. in Navy

February 2006:  He graduates the LAPD training academy.  Joins the LAPD force.
February 28, 2006: Dorner is no longer part of the Mobile Inshore Undersea Warfare Unit 105
February 29, 2006 – July 5, 2006:  Dorner’s military assignment remains undisclosed by U.S. Navy

Ariana Williams
Ariana Williams

June 2006:  Dorner files a restraining order against Ariana Williams on June 6, 2006 (666?  Wow.  Just pointing out the obvious.).  She is the one who posted on, telling women to “stay the hell away from him [Dorner]” (that along with his badge # and more) and then Dorner took her to court for a restraining order.  Ariana has said in an interview that Dorner got “mouthy” with the judge during the case.  Yet, another article states that Dorner never made it to the November, 2006 hearing and the case was dismissed.  Perhaps there was more than one court appearance that occurred in this case?  I don’t know.  How many times do you go to court to argue for your “restraining order?”  I thought you either got it or you didn’t.  I mean, 5 months in the court system for a restraining order?  What’s the point?  Your stalker would have killed you by then.  I dunno, I ain’t no lawyer.  Maybe if the media actually posted the documents we’d know for sure – but, well…yeah.  Moving on. Ariana Williams has done an interview with ABC7.  Watch the video ⇰ HERE.

July 6, 2006 – July 10, 2006:  Dorner is assigned to the Navy Mobilization Processing Site (NMPS) in San Diego, CA.

July – October 2006:  Member of the Coastal Riverine Group 1, San Diego.

November – April 2007: Member of the Coastal Riverine Group 2, Bahrain.  He is deployed.  Spends at least 5 months in Persian Gulf protecting harbors in Bahrain and Kuwait, defending oil platforms off Iraq and protecting military personnel and ships headed to the war in Afghanistan. (

APRIL CARTERApril 2007 – The same month he arrives home from deployment, Chris Dorner got married to April Carter on April 27, 2007.  They filed for divorce by May 24, 2007 in the Los Angeles Superior Court.  April Carter is allegedly an undercover narc officer in Long Beach, according to ABC7.  Or maybe an officer with the Twin Towers County Jail in downtown LA, according to NBC.  Or maybe both.  Who knows.  Neighbors had stated they had seen Dorner at his ex-wife’s house two months ago and was a regular visitor up until that point. One of the neighbors by the name of Oscar Gonzalez, 24, stated he had seen Dorner at the house up until Dec., 2012.   He is even described as wearing combat boots and camouflage pants.  Yet, articles by state that Dorner’s ex-wife felt embarrassed by the marriage.  Her brother even stated that the “practical” length of the marriage was about “eight hours.”  So why would Dorner be coming around at all?  And then CBS reports neighbors having a “vague recollection of seeing someone with Dorner’s description years ago.”

April 23, 2007 – May 29, 2007:  Dorner is assigned to the Navy Mobilization Processing Site again in San Diego.

May 30, 2007 – March 6, 2009:  Dorner’s military assignment remains undisclosed by U.S. Navy

July, 2007 – November, 2007:  Dorner returns to the LAPD.  He was still on probation at this point and assigned to Sgt. Teresa Evans in the Harbor Division.  Am I missing something here?  He returned from deployment back in April…remember…he got married…and divorced…?  What was he doing for those 3 months?  Maybe time off before returning to the force?  Is that allowed?  As usual, I have no idea.

Doubletree manifesto

July 28, 2007:  Mmhmm.  THE Incident.  This is the day when Dorner and his field officer, Teresa Evans, got a call at the DoubleTree Hotel in San Pedro.  To summarize what happened:  They got a call about a man outside the DoubleTree.  When Dorner and Evans arrived, Dorner tried to handcuff the suspect.  While Dorner was attempting this, Evans tasered the suspect, I believe, 3 times.  Dorner finally got him handcuffed and during the struggle Dorner believed that Evans kicked the suspect twice in the chest and once in the face.

That suspect turned out to be a schizophrenic man by the name of Christopher Gettler.  Dorner did not originally put this excessive use of force in the report.  In fact, there were numerous revisions of the report, but in the end, the use of excessive force by Evans was not included.  In court docs, Dorner explains he was concerned about mentioning it for a few reasons, but did eventually go to a supervisor.  Bottom line – the LAPD believed Dorner had lied about the excessive force by Evans.

November, 2007 – June 25, 2008:  Dorner worked at the Southwest division where he was eventually relieved of duty/placed on inactive duty.  At some point, in 2008, Dorner meets Thaniya Sungruenyos (although I am doubting this is the woman’s name – or if it is then I am doubting she exists.)

Okay, why is he placed on inactive duty in June, 2008?  A year after 


the DoubleTree incident?  I realize at some point in time, he did report Evans used excessive force and that an investigation occurred…but…was the investigation underway and they had decided at that point to go after Dorner instead of Evans?  Is he in the middle of dealing with the Board of Rights at this point?  I am unclear about this. *He had to go to the Board of Rights for hearings between October, 2008 and January 2009 according to Dorner’s manifesto.

December 8, 2008:  Christopher Gettler is interviewed/deposed for case against Dorner by Board of Rights.  Gettler is the schizophrenic man that Evans allegedly kicked?  Watch video here ⇰ GETTLER DEPOSITION

Board of Rights manifestoJanuary, 2009:  Over 6 months after he is placed on inactive duty, the Board of Rights finds Dorner guilty of making false statements and making a false complaint.

February 5, 2009:  A month after the Board’s decision, LAPD Chief William Bratton, at the time, signs an order firing Dorner. 

Chief Bratton
Chief Bratton
“Chris, all the best”

March 6, 2009:  Undisclosed military assignment ends that started in May, 2007 is over.
March 7 , 2009 – November 30, 2009:   Dorner assigned to Navy Reserve NAS Fallon, NV.  News sources have reported that Dorner’s work wound down after his firing from the LAPD.

April 30, 2009:  Dorner doesn’t take his firing lightly.  He files a Petition For Writ of Administrative Mandamus (Google, please) against the LAPD.  Interestingly, this document has a time stamp on it which brings me back to all the James Holmes court docs out there WITHOUT a time stamp.  Redacted?  I’m beginning to think…



May 10, 2010:  Superior Court Judge David Yaffe found that Dorner had not proven that the LAPD’s firing of him was improper.  The judge went on to note that such administrative decisions are given a “presumption of correctness” under the law – AND that it was up to the board to listen to witnesses and decide who was lying. (DailyNewsLA)  UPDATE:  Read Superior Court Decision (Robin Sax, Fox News) ⇰ DORNER VS. LAPD SUPERIOR COURT DECISION

October 3, 2011:  A state appeals court agreed with previous decision.  They wrote, “The Board simply found appellant not credible and thus implicitly found Sergeant Evans credible.” (DailyNewsLA)  UPDATE:  Robin Sax at Fox News has uploaded a ton of document because she…uh…rocks!  Anyways, read the appeal decision ⇰ DORNER VS. LAPD APPEAL


“I have exhausted all available means at obtaining my name back.  I have attempted all legal court efforts within appeals at the Superior Courts and California Appellate courts.  This is my last resort.  The LAPD has suppressed the truth and it has now lead to deadly consequences.” – Christopher Dorner’s Manifesto

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  1. Awesome research and well put together. While I certainly cannot support his manner of revenge to those who he believed wronged him, it is not hard to have compassion for his total frustration with the system and his feeling of need to clear his name and prove he was right.
    After a previous post you made about the torching of the cabin I spoke with a past law enforcement officer and MP. I asked him what a “burner” was. He claimed there are no incendiary devices the police fire into buildings. Further he said they truly are smoke or gas bombs that burn at a very high level of heat and usually will burn whatever they come I contact with. I told him I was not a believer in that and why did the officer and dispatcher confirm, ” launch of burners”. He did comment about how stupid the officers were to talk on thier radios about ” burning it like we discussed”. That, he said, should never hit the airwaves. Really??

  2. Wow- Awesome research and well put together. While I certainly do not support his methodology of revenge on those he felt wronged him by allegedly killing innocent victims, it is not hard to understand his frustration with being shutdown trying to clear his name and proving he was right.
    An earlier post of yours spoke of the torched cabin. I asked a past law enforcement officer and MP friend about ” burners” . He claimed there was no such thing and that they were just smoke or tear gas charges. He said they burn at a very high level of heat and can cause fires in buildings where they are deployed. I told him I did not believe that. He did say the officers should have kept their mouths shut when on radio about “burning it as discussed”…….. Ya think !!!

  3. Ok ….. I experienced a little “technical difficulty” with the last two posts.

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